Daily Devotional, Year 3 – July 29 (What’s An Aristaphagist!? Part 2: “Eat For Strength!”)

By admin On January 7th, 2017

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – July 29

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What’s An Aristaphagist!? Part 2: “Eat For Strength!”

To read part 1, go here…What’s An Aristaphagist!?

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“Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child,

and thy princes eat in the morning!

Blessed art thou, O land,

when thy King is the Son of Nobles,

and thy princes eat in due season,

for strength, and not for drunkenness!”

Ecclesiastes 10:16, 17  

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If someone asked you to to describe the Christian Race, in just three words, what would you answer?http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg

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Listen again to this above passage from Ecclesiastes…“Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! Blessed art thou, O land, when thy King is the Son of Nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!” Ecclesiastes 10:16, 17

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If we simply took the three words, “eat…for strength” from this above passage, we might find those very “three words” we’re searching for. 

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Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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BE AN ARISTAPHAGIST (Choose the very best)

(see 1st Corinthians 10:31)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Herbert_M._Shelton.jpg

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It was that pioneer of natural hygieneHerbert Shelton, who coined the word, “aristaphagist”. It is composed of two Latin words which mean to “choose what is best”.

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Of course, Herbert Shelton was perhaps the greatest health reformer in the twentieth century, and possibly of all time. So he applied the term in regards to diet and health.

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“I WILL OPEN MY MOUTH IN PARABLES”

Matthew 13:35

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Now there are those who attempt to understand the Bible as though it is simplyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Question_book_magnify2.svg the work of mere mortal men.

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And so, when they read such passages as this one from Ecclesiastes 10:17, many cannot, or will not see the heavenly message!

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In other words, they only see this as a message concerning earthly kings and worldly princes and what they feast on for breakfast.

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Question book magnify svg – Wikimedia – GNU license

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“HOW SHALL YE BELIEVE IF I TELL YE OF HEAVENLY THINGS?”

John 3:12

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But of course, the Bible is a spiritual book, and must be understoodhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpg spiritually…“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things,” 1st Corinthians 2:13-15

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This above passage from Paul’s epistle is one of the key passages of Scripture, and should not be lightly regarded! It speaks of the necessity of spiritual discernment, via the power of the Holy Spirit. It reveals that salvational truths must be received by God’s Spirit, which world-loving parishioners cannot discern, nor even desire to!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD”

1st Peter 2:9

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In other words, when we read of princes and kings, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22However_pressing_his_duties_STM2-c_James_Lee_Frazer_always_finds_time_to_read_a_few_chapters_from_his_Bible_each_day._I_-_NARA_-_520675.jpgthere is a good chance this is actually speaking of Christ, the Godhead, and those who have been chosen to be a “royal priesthood”. (1st Peter 2:9)

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And when the Bible speaks of “eating”, there is a very good chance it is speaking of our daily bread in the heavenly realm.

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Yes, the Word of God is our “bread from Heaven”, and the “strong meat” of the Word. (see John 6:31 & Hebrews 5:14)

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However pressing his duties STM2-c James Lee Frazer always finds time to read a few chapters from his Bible each day. I – NARA – 520675 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE”

John 6:35

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And so, as we examine this exhortation from Ecclesiastes it begins to take on a much greater interpretation.

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And those who are the sons of nobles (Christ and His Church), will strive to eat (God’s Word) for strength and not for drunkenness (drunkenness via earthly pleasures & pursuits).

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US Navy – Chaplain Lt. Jason Gregory reads Bible on weather deck – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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“IF I HAVE TOLD YOU OF EARTHLY THINGS…”

John 3:12

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Oh yes, this passage from Ecclesiastes can likewise be understood to be an exhortation to eat healthfully.

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After all, Christ’s earthly sojourn was a life of simplicity and temperance.

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Christ’s life was filled with fresh air, sunshine, physical exercise, a temperate diet, etc…

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Christ was the very essence of physical strength and health and temperance!

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Jesus Discourses with His Disciples – James Tissot – by Brooklyn Museum – by Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“A MAN OF KNOWLEDGE INCREASETH STRENGTH!”

Proverbs 24:5

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But Christ’s life was also a life of spiritual health. His unceasing prayers, His constant meditation of the Scriptures, His shunning all ungodly influences and being “separate from sinners”, together made for a holy life of spiritual vigor! (see Hebrews 7:26 re:“separate from sinners”)

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And Christ is calling both you and myself to take up our “cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

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And to eat for strength, both literally and spiritually is what taking up our “cross daily” is all about!

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Jesus over Jerusalem – Enrique Simonet Flevit – 1892 – Wikimedia – Public-Domain

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JUNK FOOD?

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Now this passage from Ecclesiastes has a negative aspect to it as well. In other words, it speaks of those whose king is a child, and whose princes feast in the morning… “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!” Ecclesiastes 10:16

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Now in the physical realm, the meaning to this is rather obvious. This is speaking of those whose king is not the King of all Creation. No, this is speaking of an earthly, foolish king.

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And there are many Christians who greatly ignore the laws of health, and devour any and every type of junk food according to their whim! But they are greatly in error in this regard!

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Crab cakes, sweet potato french fries, cole slaw, tartar sauce, Cola – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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SPIRITUAL JUNK FOOD

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But there is a spiritual aspect to this verse which transcends literal junk food. Many Christians waste countless hours pursuing the vain pleasures and proud, ambitious pursuits of this selfish world, all to the bankruptcy of their soul!

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All such are unknowingly serving self, instead of Christ! They are ruling and reigning on the throne of their own lustful heart, instead of Christ!

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They are behaving somewhat like those naughty little children in that children’s tale, Pinocchio. Their devotion to Christ has been diminished through their love of this selfish world with all its vain pleasures and pursuits!

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“EAT YE THAT WHICH IS GOOD!”

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They have ignored this following encouragement by Isaiah, “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? …hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness…Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live;” Isaiah 55:2, 3 (condensed for brevity)

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God here, makes His plea through Isaiah to eat of the heavenly manna of God’s Word, and the blood-red wine of Christ’s atonement.

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James Tissot – The Gathering of the Manna – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY!”

Proverbs 25:25

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Well, there is some extremely Good News!

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Yes, the Lord has graciously left the door of Salvation slightly ajar, in hopes that there will be an exodus among His professed followers, onward and upward and heavenward, away from the vain and unprofitable pursuits of this doomed selfish world!

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And those who do wake up to their peril and take appropriate action, may be able to say with Jeremiah and Job, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart:”…”I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Jeremiah 15:16 & Job 23:12

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE…June 15 (What’s An Aristaphagist!? Part 3: “What Did Jesus Eat?”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Strengthen me with your soul-saving manna and wine of Salvation, that I may become like Jesus in every way…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 3, Sensual Music)”

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THE END

 

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE WINTER CONSTELLATIONS

Signs Of Heaven - Winter Constellations

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman….and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon….And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon….And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness….And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Rev. 21:1-3, 14, 15

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This Woman of Revelation 12 is definitely fleeing to the mountains . As you can see in this sketch , The Dragon of Revelation 12 is spewing out his water of falsehoods: false gospels, false ideologies, various temptations, false brethren who will embrace her with the poisonous wine of the The Great Harlot of Babylon. These are what comprise this wave of water coming forth from the Dragon’s mouth. (see “Flood Waters of Satan”)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Running The Christian Race (Part 3, Sensual Music)”

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TOMORROW:

July 30 (The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Part 9: “Rapture-Ready, or Earthly-Entangled?”)

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